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Misuses of NAPLAN results support calls for test to be scrapped

Neil Breen + Scott Emerson
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Calls for NAPLAN to be scrapped have renewed as the test returns to more than 1700 schools this week.

Neil Breen agreed there’s too much importance placed on the test, sharing a personal experience from dealing with schools.

“And therein lies the very problem of NAPLAN and why it’s stressing everyone out.”

Press PLAY below to hear Breenie talk about his experience 

President of the Queensland Teachers Union Cresta Richardson told Neil Breen she also wants to see NAPLAN scrapped due to misuse.

Ms Richardson said she experienced a similar issue to Neil when she tried to move her son to a new school.

“That’s where we’re talking about the high-stakes nature, and it wasn’t like that initially.

“NAPLAN tests are literacy and numeracy at a point in time.

“Nothing is more important than the day-to-day learning and teaching activities.”

Press PLAY below to hear Cresta Richardson’s response 

Secretary of the Teachers Professional Association of Queensland, Jack McGuire, said they don’t believe NAPLAN should be scrapped.

“NAPLAN shouldn’t be scrapped, I mean it’s not without its problems but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water,” he told Scott Emerson.

“In fact I commend Grace Grace for her view on this, she believes that improvements need to be made but some form of standardised nationalised testing is required, and that’s exactly our view as well.

“I think NAPLAN has a lot of historical data that can be used.”

Press PLAY below to hear the TPAQ’s view

Image: Getty 

Neil Breen + Scott Emerson
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